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The iconic Tiffany brand was founded in 1837 by Charles Tiffany and John Young. Originally the company sold stationery and later added jewellery to its product line-up. The Tiffany brand became widely known thanks to the mail order catalogue it launched in 1845. Using its now hallmark blue colour, the catalogue quickly became known as the ‘Blue Book’ and was widely sought after.

Even today, the blue Tiffany box, with its white ribbon is highly recognisable and epitomises style and sophistication. The classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn, has made no visit to New York complete without visiting the Tiffany & Co.’s headquarters building and shop on Fifth Avenue. 

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PRADA was founded over 100 years ago, by Italian designer brothers Mario and Martino Prada. Since then, PRADA has grown into one of the largest fashion and luxury goods empires in the world. The company initially began as ‘Fratelli Prada’, which means ‘Prada brothers’ in Italian, selling leather bags and luggage in Milan. The company has since expanded into fashion, cosmetics, perfume, jewellery, watches and eyewear. PRADA brings its designer history to its eyewear line, which is considered to be elegant and fashionable, yet functional. Because of this, PRADA eyewear has a big following, from celebrities to politicians to CEOs. Find a PRADA design that suits your style, needs and budget.

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Born in Paris, France, in 1949, Philippe Starck has become one of the iconic designers of his time. Known for his architectural designs and industrially inspired designs, Starck actually began his career under the tutelage of French designer Pierre Cardin. 

Having studied interior architecture, so far, Starck has designed a vast and eclectic range of things, from hotels, to toothbrushes, to bathroom fixtures, to chairs, to sunglasses. And he will probably continue to design a wide range of products going forward. Probably Starck’s most iconic design is the spider- or alien-like citrus squeezer, called the Juicy Salif, which he designed for Alessi, an Italian kitchen and houseware company, back in the 1990s. This citrus squeezer became a must have for many modern kitchens around the world. His designs seem to transcend gender, age and nationality, which is one of the aspects that makes Starck’s deigns so popular.

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European sunglass and eyewear designers have created leading international brands that rank among the top in the world. We stock a wide range of designer sunglasses by European designers and one surely to both fit your fashion needs, as well as budget. Here are some of the top European designers you should consider when buying your next pair of sunglasses:

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